'Rachel,' Summer Bird entered in Haskell Aug. 2
Preakness-winning filly Rachel Alexandra will take on Belmont Stakes victor Summer Bird in the $1 million, Grade I Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Trainer Steve Asmussen said Wednesday that the 1 1/8-mile race would be perfect for the filly, who has won twice at nine furlongs this year. Tim Ice, trainer of Summer Bird, said he's pleased about the showdown. "The good horses should meet each other," he said. "I'm certainly not going to run away and look for another spot because the filly's coming. If we beat her, then Summer Bird is the best 3-year-old. If she beats us, well, she was supposed to win."
Hoyas coach Fried named coach of national team
Georgetown coach Ricky Fried was named coach of the U.S. national team through 2013. Fried served as an assistant to Sue Heether on the gold-medal-winning U.S. team last month after leading the Hoyas to a 62-30 record and two trips to the NCAA quarterfinals. He was an All-America midfielder at UMBC who graduated in 1988 and spent nine seasons as an assistant at Johns Hopkins. Fried played for the Baltimore Thunder in 1993, 1994 and 1997.
George Washington: : Lindsay Lewis, an assistant coach at James Madison and a two-time All-American at Boston University, has been named assistant for the Colonials.
Regular season opens at Boston on Oct. 1
The Washington Capitals' 82-game NHL regular-season schedule begins Oct. 1 at the Boston Bruins, a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference from last season. The Capitals will make their Verizon Center debut Oct. 3, when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.
World Series of Poker
Garrett County logger among final 14 players
Self-employed logger Darvin Moon of Oakland in Garrett County is one of three people who have captured more than 20 million chips as they seek a spot at the final table of the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas. The others are leader Steven Begleiter, a former head of corporate strategy for Bear Stearns, and Eric Buchman, a tournament player. Fourteen players remained .after about six hours of play.
Men's college basketball
Terps' game at Indiana will be shown on ESPN2
Maryland's matchup at Indiana in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will be telecast live on ESPN2. The Terps and Hoosiers will play Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., followed on the same network by Virginia Tech at Iowa. The rematch of the 2009 NCAA national championship between Michigan State and North Carolina will be broadcast at 9 p.m. that night on ESPN.
Bassler birdies last hole, edges Martin at Md. Open
Matt Bassler made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to cement a victory in the Maryland Open at Hillendale Country Club. Bassler, from Catonsville and Rolling Road Golf Club, finished with a par 71 for a 54-hole total of 210. He had started one stroke behind co-leaders Brent Martin and Gary Mankulish, and Martin, from La Plata and Breton Bay CC, was in position for a 10-foot birdie putt to tie if Bassler had missed. Martin finished at 74-212, and Mankulish, an assistant pro at Lakewood CC, 77-215. Bassler, who also earned the Harry Pitt Trophy for low amateur, is the grandnephew of Charles Bassler, a six-time winner of this tournament.
WNBA: : Becky Hammon scored 21 points to help the San Antonio Silver Stars hold off the host Washington Mystics, 79-78. The Silver Stars (6-6) nearly blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead. Lindsey Harding scored 18 points and Alana Beard 17 for the Mystics (6-6), who have lost five of seven. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had 10 points and six rebounds for Washington; fellow former Terp Marissa Coleman was held to two points. ... Former Terp Kristi Toliver had 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the Chicago Sky's 84-74 loss to the host Indiana Fever, which has won 10 straight.
Major League Soccer: : D.C. United acquired midfielder Danny Szetela via its No. 2 allocation ranking. Szetela, 22, who has earned three caps with the U.S. national team, spent two-plus years in Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie B. ... CD Luis Angel Firpo of El Salvador will replace Chalatenango as United's opponent in the preliminary round of the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League. The first match will be July 28 at 8 p.m. at RFK Stadium; Firpo will host the return leg on Aug. 4.
Women's Professional Soccer: : Cat Whitehill scored unassisted off a scrum in the 92nd minute to enable the visiting Washington Freedom (4-6-5) to tie Sky Blue FC, 4-4, in the highest-scoring game in WPS history.
- From Sun staff and news services